Airbus has used the platform of the Paris Air Show to unveil a new fuel efficient version of the A380 superjumbo.
The A380plus will include a new wing design which is claimed to provide a 4% reduction in fuel burn.
An optimised cabin layout will allow 80 additional seats to be added to the double decker aircraft “with no compromise on comfort”.
With all A380 “cabin enablers”, the average capacity would rise from 497 to 575 seat in four classes, and generate significantly more revenue for airlines.
This will see a new 9-abreast seat configuration in premium economy and 11-abreast in economy.
The overall benefit would be a 13% cost per seat reduction versus today’s A380.
Airbus chief operating officer for customers, John Leahy, said: “The A380plus is an efficient way to offer even better economics and improved operational performance at the same time.
“It is a new step for our iconic aircraft to best serve worldwide fast-growing traffic and the evolving needs of the A380 customers.
“The A380 is well-proven as the solution to increasing congestion at large airports, and in offering a unique, passenger-preferred experience. ”
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